A successful media draw for the 2016 edition of the Engen U17 Knockout Challenge was held on Tuesday, 21 June at the Moses Mabhida Stadium ahead of the competition which takes place from 8-10 July.
This year’s tournament, dubbed ‘Your Journey Starts Here’, comes on the back of a number of successful stories which saw 11 players that took part in the knockout challenge representing South Africa at the 2015 under-20 FIFA World Cup in Chile as well as in U20 African Youth Championship qualifiers.
Engen Group Sponsorship Manager, Brad Bergh has put his weight behind AmaZulu and the AmaZulu Community Trust as hosts for the sixth time in the Durban region alongside SAFA Ethekwini representative Zama Buthelezi.
AmaZulu’s 18-year-old left foot sensation, Zola Jingxi has been roped in as Brand Ambassador in an effort to motivate the players from all 16 teams.
“I believe that every player that will be playing in the tournament this year wants to use it as a start to get themselves noticed. They will need patience, hard work, respect and an ability to reflect on all that they will have learnt after the competition,” said Jingxi.
“After that will come a lot of attention and what you are after the experience will determine the kind of player you will be in future.”
AmaZulu FC, Golden Arrows, Royal Eagles and Cherrians form part of the four seeded clubs in the draw which was conducted by Tournament Director Mpho Dintwa and Brad Bergh.
The country’s leading petroleum brand promises yet another exciting competition for South Africa’s top talent and a stage to showcase their skills to leading scouts by hosting the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge.
This year’s event will run from June through to July in five regions across South Africa, namely: Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban, Gauteng and Cape Town.
The winners of the regional Engen Knockout Challenge events will battle it out in the Engen Champ of Champs later in the year to determine the overall national champions.
Seasoned stars such as Thulani Serero, Daine Klaite, Jody February, Rowen Williams, George Maluleka, Cole Alexander and Denwin Farmer all graced the Engen Knockout Challenge before going on to establish themselves at pro level.
Through the competition Durban can boast in producing players like Zola Jingxi, Nkanyiso Zungu, Siyabonga Dube and Andile Fikizolo amongst others.
Qualifying for the tournament saw over 250 teams taking part in playoffs to determine the 16 teams that will feature in the five regional events respectively.
All matches will be held on from 8 July to 10 July at the Moses Mabhida Stadium outer fields and will be open to the public.Share